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SCHS students give blood to remember Korley

Friday, April 22, 2011

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More than 200 Shelbyville Central High School students and faculty participated in an American Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, in memory of the late Korley Davis.
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Korley Davis died in February, just shy of her 12th birthday.

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Shelbyville Central High School held a blood drive Thursday in memory of Korley Davis. The canteen is a part of any blood drive, allowing donors to rehydrate and replenish themselves with a drink and a snack after their donation.
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But on Thursday, she may have saved a life.

Shelbyville Central High School students held an American Red Cross blood drive in Korley's memory, with 201 donors scheduled, not counting a waiting list for available slots. Sean Armstrong of the Red Cross said the agency was hoping for 120 pints of usable blood from the event.

According to Shelby Scoggins, a senior member of the SCHS Student Council and the lead organizer of the event, the council was looking for a way that SCHS could honor Korley's memory, and wanted something not based on finances, so that everyone could have an equal chance to participate.

"I really took interest in it," said Scoggins.

Planning started in late February, just a few weeks after Korley's death from lung problems. The brave young woman had suffered from leukemia earlier in her life. She was the daughter of SCHS teacher Becky Davis, and Central students, who have a history of supporting the Make-A-Wish foundation, had eagerly raised money so that Korley could meet singer Taylor Swift at last year's CMA Music Festival.

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Shelby Scoggins, seen here, is a student council member who spearheaded the blood drive project.
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Central students and faculty eagerly supported the blood drive. About 350 expressed interest in giving, but due to time and manpower limitations the Red Cross could only make 201 scheduled appointment times available.

"I'm so impressed with our whole school," said Scoggins. "It was just amazing to me."

The Red Cross was equally impressed.

"I can't think of a team of students that's done a better job," said Armstrong, describing the school as easy to work with and praising its enthusiastic support.

According to the Red Cross blood donation web site, redcrossblood.org, each pint of blood donated can save up to three lives, since the blood is separated into components. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs donated blood.

Holiday periods are often a problem for the Red Cross because travel may mean automobile accidents -- a single accident victim may need as many as 100 pints of blood -- and because holiday schedules may interfere with blood donations. So a blood drive prior to a major holiday like Easter helps ensure that blood components are available when they may be needed the most.

To make an appointment or find an upcoming blood drive, go to www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation.